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♪ ♪ ♪ music announcer:>> this is al jazeera! ♪ ♪ >> hello. welcome to the news hour from al jazeera's headquarters. we have your top stories from around the world. >> limited, taylored approached, not getting drawn into a long conflict. >> no decision yet, but barack obama has laid out a case for punishing syria over claims it used chemical weapons. in the u.k. opposition is growing. plans to hold quick votes authorizing military action are reigned in.
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also ahead, going hungry in yemen. why more than half of children under five don't have enough food. we have a special report. plus, after fukashima japan weighs up reopening its nuclear power plants. ♪ ♪ >> hello. barack obama says the u.s. military has presented him with options for strikes against syria, but he has not yet made a decision. the british government meanwhile changed its plans for a quick vote in parliament. we'll have more on that in a moment. let's start inside syria. a u.n. expert, they're in the suburbs of damascus for a third day and they're gathering evidence that could establish the use of chemical weapons. violence meanwhile continues in many other parts of the country. caroline malone has the latest. >> shock and panic moments
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after an explosion in the city. the result, death and destruction and all too familiar sights for some people in parts of syria. no less horrific for those effected this time. a team of u.n. weapon inspectors are in a cap tag of the suburb of damascus for the third day trying to find out for sure if chemical weapons were used. they need to take their own precautions against any residual substance left in the area and can be seen taking samples from what appears to be a rocket tal rocket tail nea. the united states say that they have evidence that bashar al-assad is behind the chemical attack on his own people. it is now a matter of making the case to the people of the u.s. sl:president barack obama if we'r >> if we're saying in a, decisive, very limited way we send a shout across the bow saying stop doing that.
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this could have a effect on national security over the long term and positive impact in the sense that chemical weapons are not used again on innocent civilians. >> ban ki-moon specifically requested his teams on the ground be given the time and resources needed to complete their fact finding mission. while u.n. teams try to find conclusive evidence of chemical weapons violence continues. the death toll rises and lives are at risk in syria. caroline malone, al jazeera. >> we have correspondents covering all angles of this story. there is barn bwe're in london,e hoping not to rush into action. we go to paris where the president is meeting syrian opposition leader and we're on the lebanese border with details on the growing refugee problem. let's start off with barnaby and cross over to you in london. it seems that somewhat of a break is being put on british
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involvement and a immediate military strike? >> it does. that's right. we're in a different place to where we were this time yesterday morning. i think the government has fallen foul of democracy, concerns amongst back benchers, members of parliament within the governing coalition and also strong concern from the opposition labor party. i have got an expert on bring it intbritish politics with me. nick watt from the guardian newspaper. nick, do you think the momentum towards british military involvement in syria has stalled completely or merely slowed down at this stage? >> it is stalled but not stalled necessarily completely. we have headed to a parliament at midnight tonight. the leader of the main opposition labor party forced the prime minister to agree for to a second vote next week before the u.k. gets involved in military action.
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the prime minister did that, what was the response? i'm still not happy. he's still going to table his amendment which he says is better than the government one because it gives a much greater and important role for those u.n. weapon inspectors and the u.n. security council. the prime minister appears is in no mood to give more ground but he may well have to give ground to avoid either defeat or just a narrow victory tonight. >> a defeat in the house of commons, does that make it politically impossible for the british prime minister to join the americans if they launch military action. >> technically a u.k. prime minister can go to war without recognition of the house of commons. it is called the royal prerogative. it is a power that's borrowed from the crown which means that whoever has it can go to war and make treaties. in reality, if you cannot get the agreement of the house of commons you cannot go to war is clear from all sides. >> what's your gut feeling? the government says it is only just beginning to make the case.
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this is different to iraq, that terrible weapons have already been used, no doubt about their existance and they may be able to win not just politicians but the wider public. do you think that's an impossible task? >> the opinions poll show just as in the united states, in the u.k. people are very doubtful about this military action. i mean, the key thing here is iraq hangs over everything. the prime minister says yes, i'm interested in the weapon inspector and yes i'm taking legal advice very seriously unlike he would say tony blair. equally for others, the legacy of the iraq war is that nobody trusts us and for him on an immediate scale many of his labor mps have been saying it to him for the last 24 hours, we're very, very concerned about this and that's obviously weighing on his mind. >> nick watt, thank you very much. a fascinating, lively political debate underway in the u.k. and we'll follow
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twists and turns today and in the coming days here on al jazeera english. >> we'll speak you to throughout the day. thank you for the time being. that was from london. jackie is standing by for us over in paris. there is a meeting going on there. what's coming out of that? >> what we're seeing in paris is similar to what's happening in the u.k. that seems to be backing away a little bit from the kind of brink that the president seemed to have marched up to on tuesday when he vowed to punish those that carried out the chemical massacre in damascus. during which he actually also pledged to increase military support to the armed opposition in syria. significantly different tone and nuance to what he said on thursday after meeting syrian opposition leader here in paris. he stressed that the emphasis must still be on finding a
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political solution. he said though that's only possible if the syrian opposition looked like a real alternative and also if the international community could force an end to the violence in syria. so, a lot of ifs there. another significant shift and nuance as well, speaking side by side with the opposition leader. he promised more humanitarian, political and material support to the opposition but he didn't repeat the word "military" which estated clearly on tuesday. it seems that the french are being slightly more cautious here maybe like in the u.k. in response to public opinion which seems to be very divided on whether military intervention should take place at all and specifically whether france should be involved. >> so, are we to understand then that france doesn't look any closer to carrying out the military action and military threats that we have been hearing over the past few days against syria?
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>> what we're seeing is different things happening on different levels. on a purely logistical level we're seeing french military assets moving to syria, a frigit set sail from the south of france heading east to the eastern meditarian. we're aware a number of french fighter aircrafts are on the basin in north saudi arabia, again, not too far away from syria. this is if you like the logistical preparations that have to be put in place. often as part of the diplomacy in order to crank up political pressure, international partners have to look as if they're really ready and serious about this potential military action. clearly political consultations are continuing. the french parliament is due to hold a debate next wednesday but i don't think we should hold that in any way as
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being a deadline, limitation on the president's ability to maneuvers. he does not need the president, he does not need parliamentary preapproval to go to war and what we're hearing from people around him and in particular military advisors that everything that's required is now in place. it is really just a case of when the president of the republic finds it appropriate to take a decision and what decision he might, in fact, take. >> okay. thank you. even without a decision on western military intervention, there is a sharp rise in the number of syrians fleeing the country. at least 13,000 syrians have now crossed into lebanon and that happened in the last 24 hours alone. we go to lebanon to the border crossing with syria. these numbers, they really are showing how this threat of military intervention is really effecting every single syrian.
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>> well, yes, that's true. we're now at the masnaa border crossing, it is a 40 minute drive to the damascus city center. yes, thousands have fled over the past 24 hours. we still cannot describe it as a mass exodus but the border is busier than usual. we have managed to talk to a number of syrians here, they're worried, they're anxious, most of them really will tell you we just want this to end. we need to find some way or some sort of political solution. people are tired. when they tell you, for example, civilians continue to pay the price. you get a feeling -- we understand that it is quite difficult to reach lebanon. first we're hearing from some people that security is really tight in the city center of damascus. it is quite difficult to leave. also people are facing security restrictions at the lebanese border. the lebanese border guards really scrutinizing every individual, checking their identification papers, not
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allowing, for example, palestinians to enter. we have to remember that lebanon had a lot of security incidents linked to this crisis. is that why more people are not leaving? we can't on firm that but people are anxious and scared. >> what's it that they're telling you about what they want to happen in syria when it comes to these possible military strikes by the west? >> well, we have to bear in mind something. those that are able to cross official border crossings seem to be supporters of the regime. those that take part in rebellion usually smuggle their way in because they don't need to go through security checks. you talk to people here and, of course, they're condemning any possible u.s. strike, they're accusing the united states really of not respecting the sovereignty of syria and according to them, there is no alternative to the government. we have heard this really a lot from the people, whose going to takeover the al qaeda
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linked groups? we have managed to speak to those who support the rebels and they're worried because they don't believe the west, if they actually do carry out some kind of strike it will be limited. it won't be a game changer. they're not going to be toppling the regime. what they fear really is after these strikes happen the government could just step up military operations against them. so, there is that fear among the opposition, the rebel forces on the grouped an on thee that live in rebel controlled areas. >> thank you. you're with the al jazeera news hour. there's much more to come. we'll be visiting the afghan hospital where solders and taliban fighters are being treated under one roof. plus, a sentencing in the 2009 murder of 13 solders at a u.s. military base. after a lengthy rain delay, was murray in a hurry to get the job done in new york?
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details from the u.s. open coming up with joe in sports. first, yemen doesn't have the food to feed the population of 24 million. the u.n. estimates that 60% of yemen children under 5 are malnourished. we have a report from the capital of yemen. >> a new child admitted to the therapeutic feeding center of this hospital. 3-year-old suffers from severe malnutrition at birth. her family brought her here too late. her brain had been permanently damaged and she'll never be able to walk. for this doctor, the child's glazed eye, tightly stretched skin and the stunting are signs of malnutrition and says she needs vitamins and urgent care, therapeutic foods.
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>> many children in yemen are effected with malnutrition, if not treated the child can have complications like these chirp in this hospital. if not treated properly the child can easily do i in his first two -- dye i -- die in thr first two years of age. >> they have to spend a month here to recover. >> she moved to the st treat her child. it is not easy. she says she's spending $25 a day, her husband is one of millions of those in yemen living on less than a dollar a day. translator:>> this is my first child and it breaks my heart to see him sick. i need to know how to treat my child. same time, we don't have money to buy medicine. i borrow money to look after my child. >> once released from hospital, the children need to be monitored for at least two months. one of the biggest obstacles that health officials face
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here is that most of the mall nourished children need prolonged treatment. faitheir families live in rural areas far from the hospital and they can't afford to come up for follow-up which means that their children will not recover fully. >> another problem, a lack of access to drinking water also leads to the outbreak of diseases that's caused malnutrition. >> yemen as a society has not in the past dealt with malnutrition in the way that it needs to be treated. malnutrition in yemen is caused by economic problems and poverty and also lack of access t hygiene practice. >> international aid agencies estimate that they need hundreds of millions to get rid of malnutrition. not an easy task in a country of violence and instability.
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>> well, we've been voluming the story for some time right here on al jazeera. we visited in april of last year. at the time aid agencies estimate that had almost 2 million children under 5 suffered from some form of malnutrition and we returned to yemen in september of 2012. then we visited a rural area where people were struggling to feed their children and as we just saw from the report there, the situation has not improved since then. this is the director of the world food program in yemen and the chief of staff and is joining us. why has this situation not improved? >> the world food program estimates that nearly 10 million people out of the 24 million food is insecure. 5 million are really severally food insecure. the world food program is
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reaching those 5 million through 3500 destinations, in villages and community and we're addressing the need of nearly 750,000 of those mall nourished children, nearly 200,000 pregnant and new mothers, to support them to have a healthy baby born and also other 3.7 million general population who are food insecure. many governments have been supporting us but we are short of resources. we have 18 million out of 260 million and we need a sustained program to address this major issue of malnutrition. >> that's a serious shortfall in the budget. what are you doing to be able to secure that money and why haven't you been able to get
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it? >> thanks to many governments, they have been helping actually. we just received 50,000 tons of food, we're receiving from the united states. we have support from japan, we have support from european union. we're working with many other governments, including the neighbors to seek help and i think these continued support for this year and next year which would also be essential will -- we will be showing the results and improvement. >> what about the yemeni government itself? what's it doing to help the population there? >> the yes mepi government is committed. the prime minister says that there is a steering committee together with the u.n. system to address the nutrition, malnutrition issue. they have a number of safety net programs reaching the
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poor. the number of people needing help is huge. in fact, you would see in this map, the dark red color, this is the food insecure. it is all over and it is a high number. >> why is that? >> you see that in the second -- >> well, this is a combination of reasons. one is what's happening politically. second is the prices of food have gone up. people are losings employment and they don't have opportunities in terms of, you know, getting nutritious food. the world food program you will see is bringing a special food for the children malnourished children to support their immediate needs and we're working with the government and other partners, sister agencies like unicef
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and others to have a sustained program to work on food insecurity and water and sanitation, educating mothers, one of the worrying things in yemen, the mother's breast feeding level is very low, shocking low compared to the region, like 12%. we need to teach them the value of that. in addition to the food support, supplement as well, as well as water and sanitation, in rural areas those are challenges. >> okay. we wish you the best of luck, thank you. that was bishow speaking from the world food program from yemen. >> that you very much, indeed. >> at least 15 afghan policemen have been killed and another 10 wounded in a taliban ambush. the attack happened wednesday in west afghanistan's farah province.
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fighters have ambushed many on the highway which is a major trade route through the province. in east afghanistan, taliban have killed many on a army base and 12 others were killed in attacks elsewhere in the country. well, al jazeera has gained access to a military hospital where medics are working hard to treat wounded soldiers as well as taliban fighters. jennifer has a story from kandahar in the south. >> afghan second lieutenant has lost a leg. another is pinned together. a month ago his army truck ran over a land mine. >> i had four soldiers with me. we were going towards a checkpoint to check on my boys. the blast killed three of my men. he says there was no question the improvised ex e i device was planted by the taliban. in a nearby ward local civilians are recovering from wounds inflicted by bombs hidden in the ground.
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>> most of our patient are victims of roadside bombs, land mines, suicide attacks and mostly iuds. the afghan government has stopped giving out casualty figures but a n.a.t.o. report is 3,000 soldiers were killed and 300 wed in three month of fighting. a quarter come here. they don't just treat soldiers and civilians, hospital officials won't let us in, behind this door are four injured taliban fighters. >> doctors say they treat the taliban like any other patients. >> we talk to them every day because the taliban think people who work with the army are infidels, we want to prove that we're all muslim, not infinif he de. >> infidels. >> in the intensive care unit, a double amputee is awake and talking 24 hours after being admitted. doctors say it shows the high
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quality of care here. like the army, military medical personnel are also working to become independent but say they still need training, financing and logistic help from n.a.t.o. and international doners. the most important thing for now is getting patients to the hospital quickly to give them the best chance of survival. jennifer glass, al jazeera at the kandahar military hospital, southern afghanistan. >> a u.s. army psychiatrist has been sentenced to death for the murder of 13 people. hasan want on a shooting -- went on a shooting rampage in texas in 2009. >> each individual will make a statement. 13 families waited almost four years for this day. >> this has been a very long and exhausting process. we are tired. we are hurt. we are resolved justice has
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been served. >> the former major that muered their loved ones was sentenced to death by lethal injection which is what many families wanted and what the percenprosecutor asked for. he will never be a martyr because he has nothing to give mulligan told the jury. do not be fooled. he's not giving his life. we're taking his life. this is not his gift to god, this is his debt to society. >> hasan showed no signs of emotion as he heard the verdict. he made no attempt to plead for his live before sentencing. offering little in his own defense throughout the trial. hasan was his own attorney. he indicated from the beginning that he wanted to die. >> one by one relatives of those massacred took the stand to tell jurors of their immeasurable loss. >> today's sentencing does not bring my father home, his laughter to our ears or his smile to our eyes but justice
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does not end here. >> their moving testimony and the uncontested case of the government convinced the jury that hasan deserves the max hum punishment. >> columbian president santos is ready with peace talks of rebels after a release of a hostage. he had been held captive by the national liberation army since january. it is the smaller of the country's two gorilla groups. tropical storm conray is bringing flooding to taiwan dumping 500 mis of rain on the west coast. flood waters reached second story levels in some areas and the storm has skirted the island's east coast and is heading north towards japan. it is expected to fizzle out over the western pacific. more on the situation on the weather there from richard
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whose at the weather center. >> thank you. the storm is quite nasty in terms of rainfall. it is more disorganized now as you see, the cloud moving in one way. the actual storm center itself moving further north. this is a track where we're expecting it to go across the east china sea towards japan. when it reaches the southern end here on saturday probably delivering winds of 85kph and gusts of 100. the rain will be the most significant feature. just looking at the rainfall totals for taiwan. as you heard in that report, up to 500 mi 500 mill meters is reported. this is significant. i have been looking at the typhoon season, it is a quiet one. the prediction 2, 2 to 25. so far we have seen 15. what's more significance really is the predicted number of typhoons. between 13 and 16, but so far this season we have seen just
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2. now, as far as the current system is concerned, there is a lot of rain pushing further across the coast of east china. again, seeing flooding here, again we'll have that enhanced southeast breeze, places lick hong kong could see heavy rain continuing overnight in the next couple of days. >> richard, as the u.s. weighs its options in syria it is looking to bolster the defenses further east. we'll have a report from the milthephilippines later on the s hour and it is home to 60% of the world's water and the antarctic ice sheet is more at threat from global warming than first thought. >> a sheep slaughter ritual. did their luck run out? we'll have all the details in sports.
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>> you're with the al jazeera news hour, here is a reminder of the top stories. u.n. chemical weapons inspectors are there for the third day of their investigation into a suspected gas attack. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon says the team will stay in syria until saturday and must be allowed to complete its work. u.s. president barack obama says the military has presented him with options for strikes against syria but he has not yet decided whether to attack. the british government has changed its plans for a quick vote in parliament on military action and say it is will wait for the u.n. inspectors reports. the u.n. says nearly 60%
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of yemen children under 5 are mall nourished, aid workers say it will cost hundreds of millions to solve the problem. let's get more now on the situation in syria and speak to justin, a security analysis he's joining us london. let me get your thoughts on this apparent and possibly backtracking we're seeing over in the u.k. on its position whether to strike syria militarily immediately. it seems cameron is coming up against some sort of resistance. >> yeah. i think so. not just in the u.k. but i think other nations looking towards any potential involvement in military action have been rolling back their starts. i think to some extent this reflects very real public fears of intelligence failures in the past around the issue of chemical weapons. weapons of mass destruction in general. obviously looking back to the
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campaign in iraq perhaps going back 15 years as well to the operations in 1998 first of all, the ones against the pharmaceutical factory there, they were cia, the officers picked up soil samples they believe showed chemical precursors, the greed a of chemical weapons, we say they did but the same precursors are used in other legitimate materials. so, intelligence failure from. as well. i think that's potentially more relevant in this situation given the unclear rational for use of chemical weapons and the time when they were used exactly a year on from president barack obama explaining that mass use is a redline in these particular circumstances. certainly the opposition here, very keen to kind of rundown the possibility that this may have been actually carried out by the factions within the rebel side, they're the principal benefactors of this. >> right. justin, these nations that are -- seem to be set on some
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type of military action on syria, the u.s., u.k. as well as france, i mean, what would it practically do? what do you think the end result is here if they were to launch strikes? >> yeah. obviously this is a military question under consideration for some period of time. the u.s. -- chairman of the chief -- sorry, chairman of the joint chiefs issued a variety of options earlier this summer following alleged chemical weapons use in march and april of this year. the initial view at the time was the rebels are the best reaction. i think the opportunity for that is a reaction really in this case has past. i feel for barack obama's credibility there is a need for some form of a strike. the most likely probability to me at the moment is a limited emergency action designed to punish the regime, i think that can only take place once there is a degree of clarity that the regime may have been behind this -- >> what is exactly limited military action? what is limited military action from what you understand it to be?
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>> in this case, i think the predominant thing here, in that environment is to use more of the types of stand off weapons, so, talking cruise missiles, launched from bomber aircrafts so b1, b2 aircraft, strategic aircraft based in the u.s. and region. as well as maritimes assets and in that particular context the u.s. actually has forces sufficient in place to launch a fairly credible wave of strikes. the aim would be, again, to punish the regime but probably not -- there is no desire at the moment. as far as we can tell to topple the regime and try to interfere much with the balance of power on the ground. that's the key issue. if they were to go after the chemical stock piles, that's extremely difficult because obviously you disperse chemical agents if you blow them up, you cause a chemical incident. so, the only way to do that, is attack the ways in which they're delivered. in that case you're talking about balistic rockets, artilliary and the air force. those three things are the
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areas where the regime has a critical advantage maintaining the current balance in syria. taking those systems out it would require very, very in depth tactical air power led campaign, you know, focused over a period of potentially months against very highly mobile assets and would also effect the strategic situation beyond recovery in terms of what the u.s. wants to achieve. again, that's why the pressure is on limited stand off strikes. >> even though justin obama said all along that bashar al-assad must go, but i'll have to leave it there for you unfortunately. thank you for joining us on al jazeera and giving us your analysis. >> a pleasure. >> to egypt now and the deputy head of the political arm of the muslim brotherhood has released a message, he's been on the run since a crackdown began earlier this month. >> i call on you to take to the streets on friday to continue the mark and struggle and jihad to prove we're
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capable of achieving the objectives of our revolution in living freedom, dignity and social justice. to those that are deceived by the long time transition the period has taken and mistakes committed by some forces i tell them these mistakes can only be addressed through democratic means and not through a coup against the revolution or counter revolution. >> in egypt protests continue. this latest video is from south of cairo where protesters carried banners and chanted slogans for an end of a military coup. in alexandria, hundreds protested after dark. the second largest city has been the site of increasingly frequent demonstrations since two cairo sitins were dispersed. and nearby, more nighttime protests, demonstrators say they won't give up until they see democracy restored to egypt. dozens have protested outside of the u.s. embassy in
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manila against the visit of the u.s. secretary. they chanted slogans and they say a continued u.s. presence will heighten the tensions in a region already involved in a territorial dispute. that visit by the u.s. defense secretary is intended to show support for the philippines which has been locked in a number of territorial disputes with its neighbor china. rob mcbride reports from the capital of manila. >> chuck hagel's visit comes as talks continue between u.s. and filopine negotiators on expanding the deployment of u.s. forces in the country awill youing them access to military basis here. the move is part of the so-called pivot strategy of increasing military presence here in asia, a policy that irks an increasingly a assertive china. >> the u.s.a., their ideas are the same as us in terms of
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commerce and in parts of china, it can react anyway it wants. it should know however militarily weak we are, there is a military defense treaty. >> giving china's growing military might this is a boost to th the philippines in the continuing territorial disputes with the bigger neighbor. with america's commitments elsewhere in asia and beyond the question is, just how many resources it can or would want to commit to its old ally? >> in the past few days hagel has been discussing all things asian but his mind is probably elsewhere, namely syria with a looming threat of a possible u.s. military strike. u.s. military planners will be acutely aware of competing demands on decreasing military assets. >> let us also pay attention to demands, challenges of america elsewhere. right now they're already thinking of some military action in syria and the draw down is continuing by the way,
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so, let us not start thinking that america will be here in a big way. they'll only come here because our interest happen to coincide. >> the philippines wait to see just what that friendship is worth in terms of material and moral support. >> police in the central african republic cleared thousands of civilians protesting at the capital's airports. they had fled to the main international airport to escape rebel fighters. they camped out on the runway for 18 hours blocking some flights from landing. the central african r republic has been in turmoil for month. >> when reactors at the fukashima nuclear plant went in meltdown most of the other umor nuclear power stations were closed as well. that was two years ago. now the government wants to reopen them and build more. not everyone is happy.
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anita traveled to fukashima from where she sent this report. >> up the coast from the damaged fukashima dai-ichi reactor the sister plant is here. unlike the neighbor, its reactors are in intact but shut down. all but two of japan's 50 reactors are off for safety checks while the public de baits abandoning nuclear energy completely. translator:>> i'm against nuclear power. it is too pang i dangerous and o close to the sea. it is hard, we need electricity but it is a risk. >> japan has a love, hate relationship with nuclear power. natural disasters, one reason. but they were producing 30% of the electricity. japanese know the dilemma is a lack of alternatives, imported oil and gas costs the country a fortune, renewables like wind, geo thermal can't meet
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demand. japanese nuclear engineering was supposed to be proficient and reliable until the fukashima nuclear disaster exposed all its flaws. opinion polls show the opposition to turning the 48 power plants back on remains strong at over 50%. more people are coming around to living with nuclear power again. that's what japan's prime minister wants. he's visiting gulf states to sell them japanese nuclear technology. he want the reactors at home back working and to build more. his supporters say it is an economic and strategic necessity. translator:>> both china and south korea are building many new plants and trying to export technology. it is inferior to the japanese technology. we need to export it. reporter:>> japan can market itself as learning from its mistakes. but others say the discovery at fukashima dai-ichi of new
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radiation leaks will turn many japanese against nuclear power again. >> these power plants are sort of leaking like supervisors if you like. that, i think, is, in fact shocking people again into rethinking their rethought positions. public opinion is very, very fragile. reporter:>> but the japanese economy is fragile too, fossil fuels imported to replace nuclear power are costing japan 40 billion a year. japanese will have to decide which is more expensive, fixing their damaged nuclear industry or living without it. al jazeera, tokyo. >> coming up shortly, we'll have all the latest action from the u.s. open for you, plus could barcelona get their first piece of silverware of the season? joe will be here and joe will give us details.
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♪ ♪ >> welcome back, time for sports. here is jill. >> u.s. open defending champion murray has got his campaign for this year's title underway after a lengthy rain delay. murray didn't get on-court until around 10:00 in the . he came out with a sense of purpose. it took him just one hour and 38 minutes to beat the french man who was serving under him at one point.-- underarm at one point.murray clenching the match and still basking in the
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glow of being the defending champion. >> you feel -- you enjoy it last year, i was so relieved, i was also in a bit of disbelief as well. so, to actually go back out there, play, you know, a night match in front of a big crowd was really nice. i performed well. it was good. >> 2009 champion potro had a marathon of four hours. the number 6 seed will now face another former champion in hewitt. [applause] those rain delays i was telling you about meant that woman's champion williams will wait until later on thursday to get her second round match underway. her sister may be in the stands to support her for that one, she's out. venus was undone.
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>> yeah. you know, definitely wish that i was playing the third round but it is not to be for me this year. i tried -- she played well. she just went for every shot and unfortunately i didn't play consistant enough. >> radwanska got in to round three beating in one hour in 27 minutes. also through to the third round is the french open champion of china. she won in straight sets and could face laura robison that beat her last year in the third round next. onto football, the champions league group stages, the playoff tie was finally poised at 1-1 after the first. but kevin gave them a 9th minute lead.
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it was two after the break milan won on the night and 4-1 4-1. the coaches have faced heat but decided to get more of his become after the stunning performance. translator:>> in the last two years there were weird things in the press, always that he's close to being fired, tonight i gave different lines, i don't like a flat, boring life, i will take tonight to think and maybe tomorrow i'll resign. >> why am i showing you a picture of a sheep being taken away? before the game, they could face disciplinary action if they continue to sacrifice sheep before matches, the ritual had seen them beat celtic 2-0 in the first leg. no ritual this time around. would you believe it, celtic turned around the two-goal deficit to win 3-2. joining celtic and milan in
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group a is plzen and they'll play in monaco later. barcelona has won the spanish super cup overcoming madrid to give the coach the first win. they had chances in the second leg but it ended 0-0 with barca winning on away goals having drawn in madrid. there was two players sent off in the game and things could have been capped off with a goal but there was aty mixed in the final minute but it did not dampen their celebrations as they have the first silverware of the season. in major league baseball, the red sox beat balance more on wednesday but they had to come from behind with a home run from chris davis putting baltimore 3-1 up in the 5th. boston pulled back to 3-all in the 7th before an rbi single in the next inning to steel
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the win, final, 4-3, boston. >> the braves also had a narrow win tied 2-2 with the indians. johnson had an rbi single to snatch a victory. atlanta extended the league at the top of the national league east. >> there's more on all of those top stories on our website, check out a and you can find details of a investigation by a team into match fixing in indonesian football. along with how to watch that program later this thursday. >> that's sports for now. >> thank you. >> spy satellites sender sent in to space in the cold war are monitoring global warming with chilling results. >> this is home of more than 60% of the planet's fresh water and sustainable for sustaining life on earth. until now it was thought that
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the east antarctic ice sheet, the biggest is less at risk that be the west antarctic because of the extremely cold temperatures which can reach -40. but now, after analyzing declassified images of east antarctica taken from spy satellites between 1963 and 2012 researchers are surprised by what they found. >> what they have shown, looking at the climate data, some parts of eastern margins there, they're warming up to the point where we're seeing melting on the glass sheets. that's surprising us, that sees a very clear connection to the climate, if you like. >> the researchers found three significant patterns. in the 1970s and 80s when temperatures were rising most of the glaciers retreated. during the 1990s when temperatures decreased most of the glaciers advanced and in the 2000ss when the temperatures and changing glacishes were advancing and
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reclining. >> many have said that the human activity is melting the icecap in greenland and west antarctica. between 2001 and 2010 sea levels grew by 3 millimeter as year. it is now being warned that the east antarctica factor shouldn't be overlooked. >> in the future if we carry on adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere this part of the world would warm and there will be a response from this ice sheet. >> the team say says more studis are needed to work out the thickens of the glaciers and how fast they're transferring ice from inlands to the ocean. the signs are already there, that changing temperatures are having a bigger impact than anyone suspected. >> well, on thursday there will be satellites launched into space and for both countries it represent as new push into establishing their own satellites in orbit and for khatar it is a first.
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all will be launched from a tiny part of france in south america. >> by sea the ship arrives in port. by air, cargo unloaded, by ground, the transport of important components. all part of the assembly process of a giant rocket to get it ready to blast two satellites into space. one satellite for defense from india, the other a telecommunication satellite from the arabian gulf nation. weather permitting the rocket will blast into space on thursday from the european space port here in the most unlikely of places, in the amazon territory of france in south america. >> this has been chosen because of the geographical situation, close with the equator. we have the sea. this is a no risk at all to
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launch it here. because there is no risk of a hurricane. >> this satellite represents the first time the gas rich nation has reached for outer space and it will have an outer space of 15 years and will beam a larger array of television signals to the middle east and north africa. >> the space agency, for them, this is a historic moment, the space agency has only been around a few years and they say that they plan to launch more satellites from rockets such as this in the coming years. >> first they need to get this satellite into orbit, particularly the engineers who arrived here to be a part of the launch. outside, the rocket was moved into final position for count down taking with it the goods it thaw will bring india space -- that will bring india closer to space. >> well, protests in argentina
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against shale gas exploration have turned violent. 3,000 demonstrators fought with riot police in front of a congress building. they're angry about a proposed deal between a state-ran oil company and chevron. critics say that the government isn't being honest about the environmental risks of shale gas exploration. a massive power blackout in the northeast of brazil left millions without electricity. eight states were effected including three cities hosting matches in next year's world cup. traffic lights and subway trains stopped working causing major disruption there and authorities are blaming wildfires in th which lasts thre hours. >> a prison hunger strike in california is in the 7th week. inmates are protesting against the holding of violent prisoners in confinement sometimes for more than ten years. last week a federal judge gave
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permission for hunger strikers to be force fed if necessary. prison administrators say that the number of inmates refusing food is actually declining. okay. well, buzz worthy, do you have any idea what these words mean? they're just some of the words now officially part of the english language. that's according to the oxford dictionary. they have published words on the website and we have been trying them out on a unsuspecting public. take a look. >> it is perhaps a sign of how fast things change these days, oxford dictionary on-line makes an update not once but four times a year these are new words you may have started using recently, if you haven't, you may need an ex a i. squee, an exclamation of delight, it could be a verb, i
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squee, a known, i let out a small squee. twerk, this is a suggestive dance move i'm not demonstrating here. if you want to find out how it is, there are video ons line. fomo, or fear of missing out. basically it is that sensation you get when you know there's something fun going on somewhere and you're not part of it. does anyone actually use these words? >> well, after taking a selfie on my phone, which i see etly wish was a faplet checking that i didn't accidentally wear double denim today, it is time to find out. i'll read you a list of words, can you tell me if any of these make any sense to you. >> okay. >> whatsoever. >> okay. >> a food baby. >> when you eat too much. >> okay. >> girl crush. >> is that when a girl has what crush on a girl but she's straight. >> exactly. >> baby moon, what's a baby
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moon? i can imagine but it is probably not broadcastable. >> is it like a honeymoon. >> a holiday after you have had a baby? >> a double deadened -- >> yeah. yeah. yeah. >> two kinds of denim, is that a good thing, bad? >> depends how it is done. >> jorts, do you know what her? >> jean shorts. >> you're good! very good! >> what's fomo? >> fomo? no. no. >> you know what a selfie is, don't you? >> yeah. yeah. >> what's a selfie? >> yeah! >> do you wrecken we can do a selfie together? >> yeah. we can do a selfie. >> that will make me very happy. let's do one together. >> al jazeera, london. >> well, we learn something new every day. do stay with us right here on al jazeera. actually let me point to you the direction of our website, where you will find all the latest news and check it out and stay tuned to
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